By Colin Wilson

Is the near-death adventure a safety mechanism of the mind or have humans truly been at the threshold of one other international? Colin Wilson assesses the facts that includies mediumship, paranormal job, spirit sightings, and spirit communications. principally, he contains the awesome case histories of people that declare to have "died, " and stated their stories of the afterlife.

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And the purpose — or one of the purposes — of the ‘higher order’ seems to be to protect people against the ‘lower order’: This contrast may be illustrated by the experiences of one man. He had heard the lower order arguing for a long while about how they would murder him. He also had a light come to him at night, like the sun. He knew it was a different order because the light respected his freedom and would withdraw if it frightened him. In contrast, the lower order worked against his will, and would attack if it could sense fear in him.

Van Dusen was inclined to wonder why ‘higher-order’ hallucinations are so much rarer than those of the ‘lower order’ (approximately one fifth as many). Swedenborg suggests an answer. Angels, he says, possess the very interior of man, and their ‘influx is tacit’. So they are simply less apparent than the hostile spirits, who make sure their presence is recognised. What are we to make of all this? Both Crabtree and Van Dusen insist that they try to function solely as observers, implying that the reader can choose which explanation he prefers — spirits or the unconscious mind.

Faculty X. Is Faculty X encoded in our genes? The apparently ‘absurd’ powers of the human mind. Turning the ‘telescope’ inward. Acknowledgments As usual, I owe a considerable debt of gratitude to the Society for Psychical Research, and its librarian Nick Clarke Lowes, and to the College of Psychic Studies, and its librarian Bernadette Giblin. Both provided me with many books that would otherwise have been quite unobtainable. I am grateful to Dr. Adam Crabtree, Dr. Wilson Van Dusen and to Margot Grey for allowing me to quote from unpublished material, and to the late Anita Gregory for some valuable comments.

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